Griffins explode in second half to avoid sweep

CALGARY- The MacEwan Griffins took over the entire second half as they avoided the sweep against the Mount Royal Cougars on Friday night at Kenyon Court, with a final score of 93-75.



Mount Royal once again came out flying to open up the game. Josh Ross had all the energy coach Marc Dobell was looking for on both ends of the floor leading the team offensively.


The Cougar defense was superb throughout the quarter, mirroring last nights' contest between these two squads. They put pressure on the ball and had great rim protection from Brett Layton. The first quarter finished 23-15 for Mount Royal.


MacEwan looked much better to start the second quarter, finally tying the game up at 27 courtesy of Adonis Monfort-Palomino.


James Denzel of MacEwan was determined to give the Griffins their first lead of the game going into halftime. Denzel drained a three point shot as time expired to give MacEwan a two-point lead after two quarters of play, with the half ending 38-36 for the Griffins.


The 3rd quarter had plenty of end to end action, much to the delight of the crowd at Kenyon Court. Thadius Galvez cut hard to the basket and finished the tough layup with heavy traffic around him, drawing the loudest cheer from the MacEwan bench; this seemed to steal momentum for the Griffins.


The Griffins put up 29 points in the quarter, which included a dominating 15-0 run to give themselves a 15-point lead, 67-52 going into the fourth quarter.


To start the final quarter, Mount Royal failed to get off to the start they needed to mount a comeback, scoring just seven points in the first five minutes of the final frame. MacEwan's lead hovered around 20 for the majority of the remainder of the game


The loss sees Mount Royal's record fall to 4-2, while MacEwan takes a step in the right direction improving to 3-5.


The Cougars go on to play the first game of a home and home with the Calgary Dinos on Thursday Dec. 1. MacEwan goes up against Alberta to start off their own home and home on Thursday Dec. 1.